On this page you will find answers to our FAQs surrounding Scottish Canals business operations during Covid-19.

Frequently Asked Questions –  Updated 20th August 2020
We have compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to help answer some of your queries. If you have a question that isn’t answered here or on any of the detailed FAQ pages below, please complete our online enquiry form and we will do our very best to get back to you as quickly as we can. Please follow us on social media for the latest updates @scottishcanals.

What changes are taking place on Scotland’s canals during phase three?

In line with the Scottish Government’s reopening of the tourism sector on Wednesday 15th July 2020, Scotland’s canals reopened to navigation as follows:

  • Crinan Canal – 17th July 2020
  • Caledonian Canal – 22nd July 2020
  • Lowland Canals – Phased opening from 17th July 2020

The Falkirk Wheel Visitor Centre, Caledonian Canal Lock Chambers holiday accommodation and the Caledonian Canal Centre Grab & Go food and drinks all opened from the 15th July.

Boat trips at The Falkirk Wheel returned from Friday 24th July.

What additional safety measures is Scottish Canals putting in place?

The safety and well being of customers, staff and visitors is our top priority. Scottish Canals has adopted strict physical distancing, segregation and hygiene measures to minimise the risk of transmitting Covid-19. This includes:

  • Installing cough screens at transaction points across all our destinations
  • Managing queues to make sure people keep apart using floor markers and one-way systems
  • Displaying signage at key locations to remind people of the importance of physical distancing and good hand and cough hygiene
  • Installing hand sanitation stations at entry and exit points across all our buildings for staff and customers

Will I need to wear a face covering to enter Scottish Canals Visitor Centres and buildings?

The current Government advice is that face coverings should be worn in enclosed spaces, where physical distancing is more difficult and where there is a risk of close contact with multiple people who are not members of your household.

Face coverings should be worn in our Visitor Centres unless you are exempt.

Do I need to register my contact details as part of NHS Scotland Test & Protect Service? 

You may be asked at our destinations such as The Falkirk Wheel to provide your contact details as part of the NHS Test and Protect scheme. Where this is required there will be signage in place to advise you on what you need to do.

Further information

What is happening with Scottish Canals’ larger constructions projects? Are they going ahead?

During phase two our key construction projects, which were stopped prematurely when lockdown began in March, got underway. These included:

  • Phase 2 lock gate replacement at Fort Augustus on the Caledonian Canal
  • Garscube Bridge and Claypits Nature Reserve on the Forth & Clyde Canal in North Glasgow
  • Stockingfield Bridge on the Forth & Clyde Canal in North Glasgow

Find out more about how we manage and care for our assets here.

Follow us on Twitter @scottishcanals for all the latest project updates.

Can I still volunteer at this time?

We have suspended all volunteering activities for the foreseeable future. We will relaunch as soon as we are able to do so safely.

I have applied for a job with Scottish Canals, will the recruitment go ahead?

Please keep checking the ‘Join our team’ section of our website for the latest updates.

Where can I find more information?

Keep up to date with the latest NHS information on the NHS Inform page.

Keep up to date with the latest advice from Scottish Government on their website here.

Please refer to Sustrans for more information on cycling.


Scottish Canals Restart Plan can be found here.